Press Report – Week 13

Popp pair battle on in their team’s defeat at Dunnington

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Poppleton 1 duo – Rosie Cantrell (left) and Hilary Spencer


For the second successive weekend, the weather hampered the scheduled matches in the Fulford Ladies Invitation Tennis League.

In the games that did take place, Sue Midsely and Ali Ward were unbeaten for Boston Spa as they maintained their 100%-win record in division 4. Their 64-44 win at Tollerton leaves them odds on to claim the title. Julia Sykes and Georgina Mackenzie were in form for Bishopthorpe in their victory over Heworth, leaving them in second place and leading the chasing pack. Appleton’s defeat of New Earswick leaves them with an outside chance of being involved in the promotion places.

Dunnington had mixed fortunes in division 1, losing their first match of the campaign to Castlegarth, and then trouncing a depleted Poppleton side, for whom Captain Hilary Spencer and Rosie Cantrell continue to battle. Castlegarth climb to third place after their annihilation of Pocklington, Angela Wood and Charlotte Todd netting 35 games. York 1 look favourites to retain the top crown after battering Fulford 83-25. At the foot of the table, two out of Poppleton, Fulford and Bishopthorpe, will lose their top-flight status.

David Lloyd confirmed their division 2 promotion at their first attempt after beating struggling Dunnington, Sarah Smelik and Sharon Davidson bagging 25 games in the 68-40 victory. Denise Crane and Eleanor Bradshaw teamed up for Wigginton and only dropped one game as they hammered Starbeck 82-26, leaving Wig poised for promotion.

Fiona Lambert and Josephine Nuttman starred for Pocklington in their 59-49 win against David Lloyd, leaving Pock almost certain division 3 champions and Lloyd still in the mix for the second promotion slot.

Copmanthorpe and Poppleton will both be promoted from division 6, though it remains to be seen who will be champions. Jo Allerton and Wendy Battle’s 27 game haul led Popp to victory over Sheriff; they then went down heavily to new leaders Copmanthorpe, whose three couples won every rubber in their 78-30 win. Knaresborough secured third place after defeating Bubwith 57-51.

Rufforth signed off their season by defeating division 7 champions elect York 3, Wendy Farnell and Denise Reilly netting 24 games in the 64-44 victory to confirm their team’s promotion.

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Division 1: Castlegarth 1 78, Dunnington 1 30; Castlegarth 1 95 (A. Wood & C. Todd 35, Y. Mannall & S. Perkins 31), Pocklington 13; Fulford 1 25, York 1 83; Dunnington 1 76, Poppleton 1 32 (Popp only had 2 couples).

Division 2: Wigginton 1 82 (D. Crane & E. Bradshaw 35), Starbeck 26; David Lloyd 1 68, Dunnington 2 40.

Division 3: Pocklington 2 59, David Lloyd 2 49.

Division 4: Bishopthorpe 2 66, Heworth 42; Appleton Roebuck 1 59 (M. Almgill & C. Howat 31), New Earswick 49; Tollerton 44, Boston Spa 2 64.

Division 6: Bubwith 2 51, Knaresborough 57; Poppleton 3 64, Sheriff Hutton 44; Poppleton 3 30, Copmanthorpe 2 78.

Division 7: York 3 44, Rufforth 2 64.



On a rain affected weekend, David Lloyd defeated title rivals Wigginton in division 2 of the Fulford Ladies Invitation Tennis League. Consistent scores from all three couples leave Lloyd four points clear at the top and likely champions. Meanwhile, Helen Halsall and Christine Noddings included a 12-0 in Starbeck’s 78-30 win at Boston Spa.

Wigginton 2 logged a comprehensive win over second placed Riccall so will be promoted from division 5, Sandra Burley and Catherine Field bagged 28 games in the 72-36 victory, one more point will see them champions. Michelle Cossey and Joy Craig starred for David Lloyd as they dispatched bottom placed Cawood, leaving Lloyd third with an outside chance of promotion.

Liz Powell and Tess Abbey netted 22 games for Stamford Bridge as they dented Rufforth’s division 7 promotion hopes. Elsewhere, Appleton got the better of Copmanthorpe, defeating them 69-39.

Captain Lizanne Southworth and Jill Rounce were unbeaten in Bubwith’s 71-37 victory over injury hit Cliffe; this leaves Bubwith chasing hard for a division 3 promotion place and condemns Cliffe to a second successive relegation.

In division 1 Sarah Dwyer and Siobhan Gilfillan top scored in York 2’s 57-51 win over high flying Pocklington, this virtually ensures the Clifton Park seconds place in the top flight next season.


Division 1: York 2 57, Pocklington 51.

Division 2: Boston Spa 30, Starbeck 78 (H. Halsall & C. Noddings 29); Wigginton 1 48, David Lloyd 1 60.

Division 3: Bubwith 71, Cliffe 37.

Division 4: Appleton Roebuck 55, Poppleton 2 53.

Division 5: David Lloyd 3 70(M. Cossey & J. Craig 30), Cawood 38; Riccall 36, Wigginton 2 72(S. burley & C. Field 28).

Division 7: Copmanthorpe 3 39, Appleton Roebuck 2 69; Rufforth 2 51, Stamford Bridge 57.

Press Report – Week 11

York 3   – Division 7 Champions in their maiden season

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From left to right  – Michelle Wall,  Sue Green,  Caroline Mitchell,  Jean Jaram (captain),  Laura Bailey and Lorna Cawkwell. 

York 3 celebrated their maiden season in the Fulford Ladies Invitation Tennis League by becoming the first team to be confirmed as champions. Their 61-47 victory over Copmanthorpe means they top division 7 with an unassailable lead. Rufforth stay second after a big win over a depleted Wilberfoss side, whilst Karen Anderson and Angela Rotherey racked up 26 games in Stamford Bridge’s victory at Appleton Roebuck.

Dunnington maintain the pressure on title favourites York in division 1, Charlotte Mitchell and Denise Bolam were unbeaten in their 82-26 win against Bishopthorpe. Castlegarth ensured their first division status after beating York seconds. Fulford and Poppleton remain in deep trouble at the foot of the table after losing heavily to Pocklington and York 1 respectively.

Sue Yoward and Christine Place netted 24 games as Rufforth defeated high flying Wigginton in division 2. David Lloyd stay top and look to be in touching distance of promotion, captain Sheila Duxberry and Frances Mutter taking 25 games in their 66-42 win against struggling Wistow. Starbeck are third after a comprehensive victory over Dunnington. Elsewhere, Lorraine Pearey and Lesley Hayley included a 12-0 for Boston Spa as they defeated Castlegarth.

Pocklington top division 3 despite going down 48-60 at Bubwith for whom Liz Bramley and Anna Araksinen scored 28 games. Each of David Lloyd’s pairs contributed 23 games in their victory at Rowntree Park, leaving Lloyd second and Park near the wrong end of the table. Pam Campbell and Elizabeth Mallory were in form for Fulford bagging 28 games as they downed Cliffe, condemning them to almost certain relegation.

Boston Spa look likely champions of division 4. Ann McCreesh and Sandy Clough taking 28 games as Spa eased past bottom club Poppleton to maintain their 100% win record. Heworth, Bishopthorpe and Tollerton are all equal on points in second place. Heworth and Bish both logging comfortable wins over New Earswick and Appleton respectively.

Wigginton remain top of division 5 following their 59-49 victory over David Lloyd. Jen Tongue and Sophie Marshman starred for Riccall as they hold second place after defeating Dunnington 65-43. Meanwhile, Gerry Screeton and Nicola Ramshaw finished unbeaten as Wilberfoss overcame struggling Cawood.

Poppleton 3 continue to chase leaders Copmanthorpe in division 6. Popp closed the gap to a point after victory over Bubwith. Linda Parkin and Paddy MacJannette took 26 games for Knaresborough in their win at Sheriff. Dunnington prop up the table after conceding their match to David Lloyd.


Division 1: Pocklington 88, Fulford 20 (Fulford only has 2 couples); Castlegarth 65, York 2 43; York 1 83 (W. Stirke & L. Marshman 33), Poppleton 25; Dunnington 82, Bishopthorpe 26.

Division 2: Wigginton 50, Rufforth 58; Starbeck 72, Dunnington 2 36; David Lloyd 66, Wistow 42; Boston Spa 64, Castlegarth 2 44.

Division 3: Rowntree Park 39, David Lloyd 2 69; Bubwith 1 60, Pocklington 2 48; Cliffe 40, Fulford 2 68.

Division 4: New Earswick 45, Heworth 63; Bishopthorpe 2 64, Appleton Roebuck 44; Poppleton 2 44, Boston Spa 64.

Division 5: Dunnington 3 43, Riccall 65; Wilberfoss 61, Cawood 47; Wigginton 2 59, David Lloyd 3 49.

Division 6: Sheriff Hutton 42, Knaresborough 2 66; Poppleton 3 61, Bubwith 2 47; Dunnington conceded to David Lloyd.

Division 7: Appleton Roebuck 2 47, Stamford Bridge 61; Rufforth 2 78, Wilberfoss 2 30 (Wilberfoss only had 2 couples); Copmanthorpe 3 47, York 3 61.

Press Report – Week 10

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Popp pair Catherine Baker (left) and Rebecca Turnbull

It was business as usual at the top of division 1 of the Fulford Ladies Invitation Tennis League with straightforward wins for York 1 and Dunnington as they beat Castlegarth and Pocklington respectively. Results at the foot of the table were more significant, Ellie Page and Laura Rhodes lead Bishopthorpe to victory against fellow strugglers Fulford. The big guns finally came out for Poppleton, Rebecca Turnbull and Catherine Baker’s 31 game haul guiding Popp to their first win of the season against York seconds.

David Lloyd returned to the top of division 2 hammering Boston Spa 71-37. Consistent scores from all three couples saw Rufforth defeat Starbeck in their mid-table clash. Claudine Shaw and Rosie Todd bagged 19 games as Dunnington fought out a draw with Castlegarth, both clubs however remain in or around the drop zone.

Pocklington stay top of division 3 despite dropping points in their draw with Rowntree Park. There was a surprise defeat for second placed Copmanthorpe at Fulford, allowing David Lloyd to make up ground which they did with a vengeance, hammering struggling Cliffe 72-36, Liz Taylor and Lisa Garland starring with 27 games.

Anne Milne and Kate Pirie netted 28 games as division 4 leaders Boston Spa cruised to victory over New Earswick. Tollerton continue to chase after Pippa Bailey and Teena Gallon racked up 24 games in their 62-46 defeat of bottom club Poppleton. Elsewhere, Heworth overcome Appleton by the same score.

Wigginton’s winning run continues in division 5. Their 57-51 victory at Dunnington leaves them top and their opponents in trouble at the wrong end of the table. Steph Jackson and Cynthia Jackson amassed 26 games as third placed Riccall beat Wilberfoss. Meanwhile, Fulford hold second place although they went down 48-60 to David Lloyd.

Claire Fuller and Lynda Withers were unbeaten for division 6 leaders Copmanthorpe as they battered lowly Sheriff Hutton. The weekends top scorers were Knaresborough’s Linda Parker and Mary Riley who only dropped one game in ‘boro’s crushing defeat of Dunnington.

York 3 have a five-point cushion at the top of division 7 after their 61-47 win against Stamford Bridge. Copmanthorpe were grateful to Harriet Smith and Sarah Davies who bagged 25 games as Cop scraped a 55-53 victory at Wilberfoss. Tess Abbey and Liz Powell were in form for Rufforth as they crushed Appleton 71-37.


Division 1: Bishopthorpe 57, Fulford 51; Poppleton 60 (R. Turnbull & C. Baker 31), York 2 48; Dunnington 66, Pocklington 42; York 1 64, Castlegarth 44.

Division 2: David Lloyd 71, Boston Spa 37; Castlegarth 54, Dunnington 2 54; Rufforth 69, Starbeck 39.

Division 3: Pocklington 54, Rowntree Park 54; Copmanthorpe 1 50, Fulford 2 58; Cliffe 36, David Lloyd 72.

Division 4: Sutton Upon Derwent 46, Bishopthorpe 2 62; Tollerton 62 Poppleton 2 46; Heworth 62, Appleton Roebuck 46; Boston Spa 2 73 New Earswick 35.

Division 5: Dunnington 3 51, Wigginton 2 57; Riccall 62, Wilberfoss 46; Fulford 3 48, David Lloyd 3 60.

Division 6: Sheriff Hutton 29, Copmanthope 2 79 (C. Fuller & L. Withers 31); Knaresborough 2 82 (L. Parker & M. Riley 35), Dunnington 4 26.

Division 7: Wilberfoss 2 53, Copmanthorpe 3 55; York 3 61, Stamford Bridge 47; Appleton Roebuck 2 37, Rufforth 2 71 (T. Abbey & L. Powell 31).

Press Report – Week 9

Wigginton 1 – Division 2 Table Toppers

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Front row right to left Denise Crane Sarah Blacker and Yvonne Petruso. Back row right to left Eleanor Bradshaw Lorraine Waudby and Julie Noonan.

Wigginton top division 2 of the Fulford Ladies Invitation Tennis League for the first time this season after crushing Boston Spa, Sarah Blacker and Lorainne Waudby netting 29 games in the new leader’s 81-27 victory. David Lloyd match Wig on points, Nelsa Aslan and Lara Fawcett finishing unbeaten in their 63-45 win at Rufforth. Starbeck remain in contention after a comprehensive victory over Castlegarth.

In division 1, York bounced back from last weekend’s defeat by battering their second team, Wendy Stirke and Louise Marshman including a 12-0 in the victory. Dunnington maintained second place after annihilating Fulford with Mother and daughter Karen and Charlotte Mitchell leading the way winning 32 games. Angela Crossley and Hettie Alton only dropped a couple of games as Castlegarth demolished bottom placed Poppleton. Another Mum and daughter combination proved successful for Pocklington as Ruth and Rebecca Hill top scored in Pock’s victory over Bishopthorpe.

Copmanthorpe stay in touch at the top of division 3, Maggie Zhang and Laura Atkinson claiming 23 games in their defeat of David Lloyd. Sandra Pauw and Zoey Walker starred for Rowntree Park as they edged a 55-53 victory against Bubwith. Cliffe look to be struggling at the bottom after losing at Knaresborough.

Division 4 leaders Boston Spa were pushed all the way in their match at Sutton, Alison Ward and Anne Milne bagging a vital 22 games to see Spa to a 56-52 victory. Tollerton hold second place, despite going down 65-43 at Appleton. Helen Gray and Monika Haritakis racked up 25 games for Heworth as they beat basement team Poppleton 67-41.

Wigginton and Fulford hold first and second places respectively in division 5. Leaders Wig defeated Wilberfoss, whilst Fulford employed three members of the Paxman family, sisters Tara and Jane bagging 18 games to see their team scrape a 56-52 win at Cawood. Suzanne Straw and Joy Craig netted 23 games in David Lloyd’s 60-48 defeat of Dunnington.

Copmanthorpe 2 remain unbeaten at the top of division 6, scores of twenty plus from all three couples ensured a straightforward victory over David Lloyd. Jo Ryan and Val Merrett were unbeaten for Bubwith as they overcame bottom placed Sheriff Hutton. Poppleton look to be strong contenders for promotion after fighting out a draw against third placed Knaresborough.

York 3 are leading the charge in division 7, Sarah Hughes and Michelle Wall were undefeated in their victory against Appleton. Copmanthorpe are in third place after benefitting from a 24 game haul from Cath Wilson and Alyson Ellershaw in their 65-43 win against Rufforth. Elsewhere Wilberfoss got the better of Stamford Bridge in their mid-table clash.


Division 1: Pocklington 68, (R & R Hill 29) Bishopthorpe 40; York 2 29, York 1 79 (W. Stirke & L. Marshman 30); Castlegarth 79 (A. Crossley & H. Alton 34), Poppleton 29; Fulford 36, Dunnington 72 (C & K Mitchell 32).

Division 2: Rufforth 45, David Lloyd 1 63; Starbeck 80 (S. Cousins & C. Noddings 30), Castlegarth 2 28; Boston Spa 27, Wigginton 81 (D. Crane & E. Bradshaw 34).

Division 3: Rowntree Park 55, Bubwith 53; Knaresborough 63, Cliffe 45; David Lloyd 2 51, Copmanthorpe 1 57;

Division 4: Sutton Upon Derwent 52, Boston Spa 2 56; Bishopthorpe 2 62, New Earswick 46; Appleton Roebuck 1 65, Tollerton 43; Poppleton 2 41, Heworth 67.

Division 5: Wilberfoss 49, Wigginton 59; Cawood 52, Fulford 3 56; David Lloyd 3 60, Dunnington 3 48.

Division 6: Bubwith 2 66, Sheriff Hutton 42; Poppleton 3 54, Knareborough 2 54; Copmanthorpe 2 80, David Lloyd 4 28.

Division 7: Stamford Bridge 41, Wilberfoss 2 67; Copmanthorpe 3 65, Rufforth 2 43; York 3 67, Appleton roebuck 2 41.